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Thomas Metcalfe and Co

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Small T. Metcalfe engine at Leeds Industrial Museum connected to small hydraulic pump that is occasionally steamed throughout the year

of St James's Ironworks and Phoenix Foundry, Bradford

Built small engines. Exhibit at Bradford Industrial Museum and Leeds Industrial Museum

1880 80 HP engine for Alne Brickworks, Hemingborough. Single cylinder 18" x 4 ft. Exhaust steam use for drying bricks.[1]

1890 Advertisement states that they are makers of steam engines of any size and power, wrought iron pulleys, shafting, gearing, plummer blocks, etc.[2]

1896 Advert: 'THOMAS METCALFE LIMITED. This company has just been registered, with a capital of £6,000 in £1 shares, to acquire the business carried on by Thomas Metcalfe, at the Phoenix Foundry, and St. James's’ Iron works, Moss Street, Bradford ; to enter into an agreement with Thomas Metcalfe, for the purpose, and to carry on the business of brass and iron founders, mechanical engineers, millwrights, crane makers, machine and engineering tool makers, metallurgists, &c. The Subscribers are— Thomas Metcalfe, 97, Cecil Avenue, Bradford, engineer, 1 share; Mrs. Mary Metcalfe, 97, Cecil Avenue, Bradford, 1; George W. Metcalfe, 48, Park Road, Bradford, engineer, 1; Thomas Atkinson, 176, St. Leonard's Road, Bradford, cashier, 1 ; Frederick Widdowfield, 1, Kirkstone Street, Bradford, foreman. 1; Benjamin Lister, 9, Norman Street, Whindell, moulder, 1; John W. Longley, South Parade, Bradford, draughtsman, 1. The number of directors is not to be less than two more than five ; the first are — Thomas Metcalfe, W. Metcalfe, and Thomas Atkinson. Qualification £100 ; remuneration as the company may decide. Registered by Jordan and Sons, Limited, 120, Chancery Lane. W.C. Registered office : St. James Ironworks, Moss Street.'[3]

1901 Advert: 'ENGINEERING BUSINESS.— For Sale by private treaty, the Old-established BUSINESS carried on by Thomas Metcalfe, Limited, Phoenix Foundry, Bradford, Makers of Stationary Engines. Millwrights, &c. The Buildings, consisting of workshops, offices, and foundry, are of modern construction, and the plant is in first-class condition. For further particulars and permission to view, apply G. F. Whitworth. Chartered Accountant, 15, Bridge St., Bradford.' [4]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Steam Engine Research Resources' written and published by Stanley Challenger Graham on, 2009: ISBN 978-1-4092-9009-4
  2. Stationary Steam Engine Makers Vol 2 Compiled by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing Ltd, 2006
  3. Bradford Daily Telegraph, 18 August 1896
  4. Bradford Observer - Friday 22 March 1901